NFV-based WLAN Controller Designed for Service Providers and Enterprises

Ruckus virtual SmartCell™ Gateway (vSCG), is a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) based WLAN Controller for service providers and enterprises who desire a carrier-class solution that runs in the cloud. It supports all of the WLAN Controller features of the industry leading SCG-200, while also enabling the rollout of highly scalable and resilient wireless LAN cloud services.


The vSCG is primarily intended for deployment by a managed services provider in their data center and under their control. It enables the service provider to deploy a very scalable, resilient, and fully featured offering that is backed by their service level agreements. This differentiates it from the many controller-less services that are being offered by vendors.

Carrier Class Capabilities

The vSCG was designed from the beginning for carrier-class deployments. In addition to being scalable, reliable, and manageable, the vSCG can also support value added services such as Ruckus Smart Positioning Technology (SPoT) and SmartCell Insight, provides data plane flexibility, and carrier-class features like Hotspot 2.0 and multi-tenant support. Data plane flexibility comes by splitting out the control plane from the data plane at the AP. Control plane traffic is directed to a vSCG in the data center, while data plane traffic is routed to a point where it can be handed of to the Internet.

Multi-tenant Support

The vSCG can operate in either a multi-tenant mode where a number of managed services customers share an instance of the vSCG or in a mode where each managed services customer runs on their own vSCG instance.

ETSI NFV Compliant

Designed for use with Ruckus Smart WiFi ZoneFlex™ access points (APs), the Ruckus vSCG runs as a virtual application within either the KVM (Kernel-base Virtual Machine) or VMware vSphere virtualization environments. The Ruckus vSCG is the first component in a larger Ruckus solution based on the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV architecture. In addition, Ruckus Wireless plans to provide a virtualized infrastructure and services manager that handles management of Ruckus virtualized appliances. The manager will integrate support for open-source OpenStack, providing a common platform to host the Ruckus virtual appliances from a single pane of glass.